Molloy Students Reflect On 9/11

By Richard Staple | News Content Editor | MolloyLife Media

The times of 8.14 A.M. and 10:28 A.M. on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001 is a day that will be embedded within the memories of countless lives. On this day, four coordinated terrorist attacks changed the lives of an entire nation. Among the carnage were 2,996 people killed with over 6,000 additional people injured.

While the most devastating attack on American soil was over 18 years ago, there are still many who feel the residual physical and emotional events of that tragic day. There are those who still mourn the lives of those lost in plane crashes. When the towers collapsed to the floor, the inhalation of the dangerous chemicals, dust, and debris have caused respiratory complications affecting people to this day.            

On this day, Molloy held their September 11th Memorial Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel for a Mass of Peace by Fr. Sandro da Luz. In addition, there was also an interfaith prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial held in Public Square at 3:15.            

This day affected parents and current students alike, and some students took time to reflect on what this day means to them. Lost amongst all of the innocent lives killed are the unsung heroes who prevented many people from being counted amongst the thousands lost in the calamity. Sophomore John Armioia recalled a story that his teacher in high school told him about this day.            

"...He told us a story about how he saved himself and other victims of the 9/11 attacks on the WTC. He used to tell us this once a year on 9/11 to all his classes, and I was lucky enough to hear about this brave experience." John described the experience as "eye-opening," and he keeps in touch with him to this day. "It's definitely a story that sticks with me, and I still reach out to him every 9/11."            

For some, 9/11 is a day that makes people appreciative of those who sacrificed everything for others. Others, however, have conflicting feelings about this day. Senior Brendan Holloway says 9/11 is a "source of much pain, sorrow and anger."


Molloy held a special service remembering 9/11 victims at the Sacred Heart Chapel.

However, Brendan also saw the value in what 9/11 stirred in the hearts of those who were left behind. "We came together in the face of evil and united against those who threatened our way of life. It didn't break us, but made us stronger."

Among all of the life lessons that rare, unfortunate tragedies like 9/11 can teach, one of them is to ensure that loved ones feel loved. Senior Helen Pham was only 3 years old at the time of the attacks, but the memory of seeing the videos on the news and a chilling feeling remained with her.

"I was feeling chills and sadness, and it is also a day to remember the lives that were lost." Amid the sorrow came the desire to reach out to loved ones. "Life is far too short to not tell loved ones that you love them."

There is still residual pain and strong feelings whenever the 11th day of September rolls around. It cannot be guaranteed that the pain of those who lost loved ones will ever dissipate. In spite of the tragedy, however, there now exists a desire of gratitude and respect of fellow man for many.

As September 11th has come and gone once again, we must never forget those on the plane who didn't know they were approaching their final moments of life. The lives of those inside the trade center who died as the towers came crashing down must not be forgotten. The desperate men and women who fell to their deaths because the unsafe breathing conditions were too much to bear.         

All of this must remain in perspective as we reflect on one of the most tragic days in the history of the United States.